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We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) that may include his MIA information. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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We suggest that you review the New York State Department of Health website for how to obtain a copy of the death certificate for Benjamin Lewis who died in Hartsdale (Westchester), New York.
You also may wish to search the New York Times Article Archive for a copy of the article that appeared in the newspaper on January 20, 1946.
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This is the Card you were referencing correct? He actually he had 2 separate cards "Missing" and "Prisoner of War" Please check the address on both I have provided on the cards. Then look at the A.S.N # 12220917. This is cooorect then it matched with the AAD database on NARA pertaining to his Prisoner of War status, which I posted near the bottom.
Looks like you may have this info already but here is the VA BIRLS Index
Name: Benjamin Lewis Gender: Male Birth Date: 12 Mar 1925 Death Date: 31 Jan 1993 Cause of Death: Natural SSN: 098167005 Enlistment Branch: ARMY Enlistment Date: 12 Apr 1943 Discharge Date: 21 Nov 1945
This information I found shows a enlistment date of Mar 10 1943 are you firm on that date of April 12 1943? The information listed here is identical to the man because Army serial #s match.
Event Type: Military Service Name: Benjamin Lewis Event Date: 10 Mar 1943 Event Place: New York City, New York, United States Marital Status: Single, without dependents Race: White Citizenship Status: citizen Birth Year: 1925 Birthplace: NEW YORK Education Level: 4 years of high school Civilian Occupation: Foremen, manufacturing Military Rank: Private Army Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Army Component: Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status) Source Reference: Civil Life Serial Number: 12220197 Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923 Box Film Number: 01051.98
NARA AAD POW Information
Field Title Value Meaning SERIAL NUMBER 12220197 12220197 NAME LEWIS BENJAMIN LEWIS BENJAMIN GRADE, ALPHA PFC Private First Class GRADE CODE 7 Second Lieutenant or Nurse or Dietitian or Physical therapy aide or Private First Class or Ensign or Second Class, Seaman SERVICE CODE 1 ARMY ARM OR SERVICE INF Infantry ARM OR SERVICE CODE 10 INF: INFANTRY DATE REPORT: DAY (DD) 03 03 DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM) 12 12 DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y) 4 1944 RACIAL GROUP CODE 1 WHITE STATE OF RESIDENCE TYPE OF ORGANIZATION 740 Branch Immaterial/Infantry Division Band/Dental Corps/Medical Department PARENT UNIT NUMBER 0415 0415 PARENT UNIT TYPE 06 Group/Regiment/Commands/System AREA 72 European Theatre: Germany LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD) 01 01 LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM) 06 06 LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y) 5 1945 SOURCE OF REPORT 1 Individual has been reported through sources considered official. STATUS 8 Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated DETAINING POWER 1 GERMANY CAMP 045 Oflag 64 or 21B Schubin (Moved to Usedom) Poland, Altburgund 53-17 REP